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Police officers make 7 arrests in Paducah

Staff report

Police arrested several people after a two-day street level drug investigation, the McCracken County Sheriff's Department announced Thursday.

On Tuesday, West Paducah resident Melanie Brock, 34, was arrested and charged with prostitution after interacting with an undercover deputy. She was also arrested on warrants for violating probation on a cocaine charge.

That same day, detectives stopped a vehicle on Third Street occupied by Calvert City resident Katrina Snelling, 25; Paducah resident DeAndre Patterson, 25; and a child. Snelling was arrested on a felony arrest warrant for failing to pay child support. Detectives arrested Patterson and charged him with trafficking in cocaine-second or subsequent offense.

About 8 p.m. Tuesday, detectives stopped a vehicle driven by Fredonia resident Shomari Reed, 40, near South 7th Street and Oscar Cross Avenue. Reed struggled with detectives and swallowed suspected cocaine, according to the sheriff's department. Reed was arrested, then admitted to a hospital.

On Wednesday, hospital staff and sheriff's deputies recovered several small bags suspected to contain cocaine that Reed passed while at the hospital. Reed remained in the hospital under the guard of deputy sheriffs and will be jailed when released. He faces charges of trafficking in cocaine on the second offense and tampering with physical evidence.

Detectives stopped a vehicle about 11 p.m. Tuesday near South 13th and Palm streets and arrested a passenger, Paducah resident Desmond Hale, 22, on a felony probation violation warrant.

On Wednesday, detectives obtained information alleging that Paducah resident Gary Taber, 58 - who was wanted on felony probation warrants from a cocaine conviction - was staying at the Country Hearth Inn. Detectives observed Taber leave the hotel with a woman - identified as Kevil resident Donna Harnice, 67 - and stopped his vehicle near 28th and Washington streets.

A search around the vehicle revealed marijuana that Taber allegedly threw while the vehicle was stopping. Detectives searched the hotel room and recovered two bags suspected to contain cocaine, marijuana, smoking pipes, syringes and other drug paraphernalia.

Taber and Harnice were arrested. Taber faces new charges of tampering with physical evidence, possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine third offense and possession of drug paraphernalia. Harnice faces charges of facilitation to possess cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

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